Sprain leads to life saving amputation

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Ever since he was little Coleton Reber has played football. In a game last year Coleton sprained his ACL, but doctors found something even more troubling on his leg.

"When my mom and my dad told me that I had a cancerous tumor it was just really scary and it just shocked me because I never thought something like this would never happen to me," said Coleton. "Having to have my leg amputated, it's slowed me down a little but I'm still going."

"That is encouraging to me," said Diana Reed, Coleton's mother. "I mean the strength of this 14-year-old young man that just wants to go about living his life and he hasn't given up. He's not giving up."

And, East Texans aren't giving up on Coleton either. From his Pine Tree Junior High classmates who signed his jersey to complete strangers who are giving financial support...

"The number of people that Coleton has touched through what he's gone through that has made them come forward to want to help," said his dad Tom Reber.

"The support that's come from the community," said his mother. "I couldn't dream that big!"

And, without insurance, medical bills have been tough, so Lisa Fox and the Fairmont Children's School are holding a fundraiser for Coleton.

"If I didn't have insurance, I don't know how I'd make it through, so to me, there was never a question," said Fox. "I went straight to my director and said what can be do."

"I never thought I'd have so much support, but I do - everybody," said Coleton.

The yard sale for Coleton will be Saturday March 27th beginning at eight in the morning at the Fairmont Children's School in Longview.